Forgotten Local Co-Op & Split-Screen PlayStation 3 Games

The HD generation is when video game multiplayer truly came into its own. Tea PS3 and Xbox 360 paved the way for what the current marketplace is like. Digital games became a constant thing as well as massive online experiences that blew everything before it out of the water.



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It’s thanks to these digital games that those old genres could make a resurgence such as top-down shooters, puzzle games, and brawlers. It also brought back the idea of ​​couch co-op. These indie titles weren’t the only games to try and revive the jolly mechanic either as even some AAA developers got into the action. From third-party titles to console exclusives, the following PS3 games should not be forgotten.

8 Dragon’s Crown

Dragon’s Crown was a PS3 and PS Vita game at first. The cool thing about that was players could connect online to play the game on either platform with friends. Overall, this action RPG supports up to four players both online and offline. It was later remastered on PS4 but that has been it for this criminally underrated harken back to 2D brawlers.

It still holds up incredibly well for some couch co-op action. Unfortunately, it is harder to find a party online nowadays but one good friend locally is always better on the couch anyway.

7 Dungeon Siege 3

Dungeon Siege, as a series, was a fairly big PC action RPG. The series was seemingly dormant before Square Enix picked up the rights to publish it. Unfortunately, it was a one-and-done situation as there haven’t been any sequels since. It’s another fantasy action RPG, in the realm of Diablowhich is also top-down.

Players can play locally with one friend or increase the fun by going online with four players total. One of the coolest things about this game was the commercial leading up to its launch. It bragged about bringing couch co-op back which, at that time, was a dwindling feature in games.


6 Dynasty Warriors: Gundam 3

Dynasty Warriors, as a whole franchise, gets a lot of flack for being the same game over and over again. Admittedly, these games are kind of mindless hack and slash RPGs with a lot of repetitive content. While that may be true, there is no denying the fun players can have in co-op.

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Most of the games usually include at least a two-player co-op option. Of the spinoffs based on this show, this is the best one as it used cel-shading which made it look closer to the anime. Destroying thousands of mechs has never looked so good.


5 LittleBigPlanet 2

LittleBigPlanet was the PS3’s answer to a platforming series equivalent to Nintendo’s Mario franchise. Did it live up to those standards? It did not on several levels such as the more floaty jumping mechanics and the brutal difficulty. However, the four-player co-op was a nice inclusion on top of the level creation.

The first game was a good proof of concept but the sequel is where this series hit its peak. The fan content that came out of that game was truly outrageous at the time when level creation, as a mechanic, was still relatively new.

4 The Lord Of The Rings: War In The North

The Lord of the Rings: War in the North might be the best game this epic series has ever received. That includes both Shadow of Mordor games too. The game is an action RPG that follows a ranger, a dwarf, and a mage on a parallel journey to the main cast. Gamers can play with two heroes on the couch or all three heroes can join together online.

That is the ideal way to play but couch co-op is fun too. Either way, this game is best enjoyed with someone around because solo play can be quite difficult. It is sadly hard to play nowadays but there is always hope for a remaster.

3 Ratchet And Clank: All 4 One

Ratchet and Clank: All 4 One was not the first game in the franchise to test out co-op. It is the one that took the idea to new levels though. Players could take on the roles of several characters including Ratchet, Clank, Captain Qwark, or Dr. Nefarious in a typical platforming action-adventure scenario.

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It supported four-player offline play only which was smart. The one thing that held it black were the glitches. If this game had an online co-op, that would have just made things messier. Overall, it may not stack up next to the solo games in the franchise, but it was still a good time even with the glitches.


2 Resistance: Fall Of Man

Resistance: Fall of Man was another Insomniac game, like Ratchet and Clank, but it was more serious. It took place in an alternate timeline wherein aliens invaded during World War 2. The first game had split screen co-op and was offline only.

The first sequel got rid of that option and instead had a separate horde-like mode for four-player co-op action. Finally, the third game gave players the option for either offline or online two-player co-op. For a series so big on PS3, it’s amazing it was never revisited on PS4 in any way as this was all exclusive. All three are still worth checking out.


1 Tokyo Jungle

Tokyo Jungle is by far the weirdest game on this list and one of the strangest games on the PS3 overall. It received a disc in Japan but it was digital-only in North America. The game took place in a post-apocalyptic version of Tokyo where all of mankind was demolished. The only survivors were the animals and players could assume the role of a small dog like a Pomeranian, a deer, or even something as wild as a dinosaur.

The DLC for the game had tons of wild animal options like the dinosaur. It can best be described as a survival action game with a heavy arcade attitude. Players could team up locally with one other friend for some post-apocalyptic animal action.

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